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Who here has tried them? How would you pick a size/pitch? I run a stock bravo 30 4 blade at 6300 at 109. Right in the engine's peak power rpm. I want to try a Max 5, but I would like not to buy 2 props especially at the $2300 price tag.
 

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I ran one on my 27 Lavey with about the same number your getting now. I would call and talk to bob Teague, tell him your set up. It got out of the hole a little better and had more tail lift, i liked it for my boat but stiff price tag.
 

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You will want to go down in pitch. On my boat, it gave me more transom lift than I wanted, so went back to a 4 blade.

Got a 25p MAX 5 sitting in my garage in Havasu that you can try if you want or buy it.........only want $1K for it.
 

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Remember that there's a Max5, and a Max5 ST (short tube). I run a 28 Max5 ST on my 23 Daytona, and it's my favorite prop all around.

I've run both standard and short tube, and prefer the ST as it has less stern lift.

Good luck!
 

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I ran both, Max5 sucked on my rig, Max5 ST worked.
 

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IMO the only way you would benefit is if you could surface the drive extremely high...like 2 plus inches C/L of propshaft above bottom of boat
 

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IMO the only way you would benefit is if you could surface the drive extremely high...like 2 plus inches C/L of propshaft above bottom of boat
Yeah my propshaft is 1” below the bottom of the outside sponsons. At optimum trim
 

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Yeah my propshaft is 1” below the bottom of the outside sponsons. At optimum trim
that's pretty low,but if you can find a prop place like BBlades that has a rental program,might be worth trying..Is your current Bravo prop "labbed"?there is some performance to be gained there..
 

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Teague has a bigger od version at 15.25 for sterndrives. He loves them, but he sells them to. IMO there is only so much slip you can get out of a boat. So if you run a high slip then yeah they could help you. My boat is at 9% so there isn't much to cut.
 

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Yeah im at 9% with a stock bravo 4 blade. Not much left
 

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You will want to go down in pitch. On my boat, it gave me more transom lift than I wanted, so went back to a 4 blade.

Got a 25p MAX 5 sitting in my garage in Havasu that you can try if you want or buy it.........only want $1K for it.
So you’re saying since I’m running a 26p on my 26 Daytona, your 25p max 5 would be the size to try?


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Yeah im at 9% with a stock bravo 4 blade. Not much left
I have a stock B1 28 as well a Max5 ST 26p. If you’re up in the needles area ever your welcome to run my 28 to create a baseline than go run the 26 to compare. Mind you both are small for your boat and power but using the two same day could help decide if the Max5 is for you.
 

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Bob Teague would be your best bet to talk to getting the prop set up correct the first try.

I have no testing experience back to back on a catamaran but I do on a Lavey Craft 29 NuEra with a Mercury 600 with an ITS and Bravo1 outdrive.
Bravo1 28p 5200rpm @ 79mph
Max5 15” 28p 5200rpm @ 84mph

The Max5 was by far a better prop in all aspects.
 

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I assume we’re talking about the mercury maximus. I have prop tested that one along with the Hydromotive P5X and the cutting edge 5 blade from Augie along with of course the B1 on both my 29 lavey and my previous 28 powerquest both with very shallow propshaft dimensions. The Maximus is heavy AF and can eat your drive. It was slower for me as well. The hydro is to my the best qual prop thr is and while i settled on it in a 15/27 for the PQ the cutting edge in a 15.25/29 labbed won for the lavey. I can still blow it out rolling it over on plane if i throttle too hard but overall its a winner. B1 is of course faster on top end but the low speed cruise of the 5 er is paramount. Both boats are 650 hp.
 

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I assume we’re talking about the mercury maximus. I have prop tested that one along with the Hydromotive P5X and the cutting edge 5 blade from Augie along with of course the B1 on both my 29 lavey and my previous 28 powerquest both with very shallow propshaft dimensions. The Maximus is heavy AF and can eat your drive. It was slower for me as well. The hydro is to my the best qual prop thr is and while i settled on it in a 15/27 for the PQ the cutting edge in a 15.25/29 labbed won for the lavey. I can still blow it out rolling it over on plane if i throttle too hard but overall its a winner. B1 is of course faster on top end but the low speed cruise of the 5 er is paramount. Both boats are 650 hp.
This one. Not the maximus


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I ran one when I had stock 496HO power in my Nordic heat. Ran a 24P bravo 4 blade, and a 23P max 5 15". Same RPMs, but max 5 had faster cruise and 2.5mph on top. Great prop on that boat. Now I have about 650hp and run a 5 blade max 5 copy at 28P and 15"
 

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Who here has tried them? How would you pick a size/pitch? I run a stock bravo 30 4 blade at 6300 at 109. Right in the engine's peak power rpm. I want to try a Max 5, but I would like not to buy 2 props especially at the $2300 price tag.
Have you looked at Hering? I have friends that swear by them. Pricy but legit
 

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I assume we’re talking about the mercury maximus. I have prop tested that one along with the Hydromotive P5X and the cutting edge 5 blade from Augie along with of course the B1 on both my 29 lavey and my previous 28 powerquest both with very shallow propshaft dimensions. The Maximus is heavy AF and can eat your drive. It was slower for me as well. The hydro is to my the best qual prop thr is and while i settled on it in a 15/27 for the PQ the cutting edge in a 15.25/29 labbed won for the lavey. I can still blow it out rolling it over on plane if i throttle too hard but overall its a winner. B1 is of course faster on top end but the low speed cruise of the 5 er is paramount. Both boats are 650 hp.
On the Lavey 29 NuEra I posted about above here’s my data report and trim settings for that test. I only kept the top end numbers but mid cruise the Maximus was the best but the Max5 was as only 2-3mph behind it while the Bravo1 was 6mph behind.

29 NuEra MCOB Merc 600 with ITS and Bravo1

28 Bravo1 stock
5200rpm 79mph drive 4.5 left tab 4

27 Maximus lab
5200rpm 84mph drive 5 left tab 5.5

28 max 5 stock 15”
5200rpm 84mph drive 5 no tab

The Max5 was hands down by far the best prop on that boat.While not on the same day of testing, I’ve also ran a P5x and the Max5 is better.
 

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On the Lavey 29 NuEra I posted about above here’s my data report and trim settings for that test. I only kept the top end numbers but mid cruise the Maximus was the best but the Max5 was as only 2-3mph behind it while the Bravo1 was 6mph behind.

29 NuEra MCOB Merc 600 with ITS and Bravo1

28 Bravo1 stock
5200rpm 79mph drive 4.5 left tab 4

27 Maximus lab
5200rpm 84mph drive 5 left tab 5.5

28 max 5 stock 15”
5200rpm 84mph drive 5 no tab

The Max5 was hands down by far the best prop on that boat.While not on the same day of testing, I’ve also ran a P5x and the Max5 is better.
Excellent info! Thank you. I wana make mine an mcob bad. Sometime id like to chat more with you on the 29. Thx again
 
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